What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 27, 1953 on CBS



  • Notes

    • LAST WEEK'S PREVIEW PHOTO: The poor quality of the "preview photograph" shown at the end of EPISODE #173 makes it hard to identify the contestant, but due to a different facial structure, it does not appear to be Mr. Wishansky from tonight's episode. It is unlikely that the person in the preview photo appeared on the "Special Community Chest Episode" which was shown earlier in the day. In addition, on the May 5, 2008 GSN airing of tonight's episode, there was no "preview photograph" shown at the end of the program. It is possible that there was no photo shown in 1953, or possibly GSN cut the photo to allow more time for advertising. - cattaur (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the first contestant at nine down because time was running short. In the final game, the panel ascertained the final contestant's line at only two down, but out of charity, John flipped three cards to make it five down. - agent_0042 (2008)

      (1) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight was the first of two appearances by famed singer Lena Horne. Her next appearance, on EPISODE #404 of March 2, 1958, was also as a mystery guest. For her spot this evening, Miss Horne's nameplate, as seen on the panel moderator's desk, while set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, appears to be in a slightly larger size of type than John's own nameplate. One week and one day before her "WML?" appearance tonight, on September 19, 1953 (which was exactly one year prior to Steve Allen's last "WML?" episode as a regular panelist), Miss Horne was a guest on "Your Show of Shows" which ran on the proverbial "other network" (NBC).
      (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual, GSN's May 5, 2008 airing of this episode bore excruciating witness to their ruining the viewing experience with their customary "crunching" of the end credits.
      (3) The May 5, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, which was originally broadcast "live from New York" on March 29, 1965. After a week's respite, the full regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan was back in harness. The celebrity guest on this episode was David Wayne. When GSN most recently aired this show in 2008, the cable and satellite channel came right in at the point where announcer John Cannon started off with "Live from New York," suggesting that either a cigarette manufacturer was the opening sponsor, or the original opening moment of the kinescope recording was damaged, or both. - W-B (2008)

      REVIEW: After a dismal beginning, the panel, especially the distaff members, had a great night. They were totally stumped by the first contestant who was a mud bath attendant. Unfortunately, they concentrated too much on the product instead of asking if she performed a service that could be closely related to it. However, they did bounce back nicely in the next game as Dorothy correctly guessed that the second contestant was a judge. Next up was mystery guest Lena Horne, and Arlene guessed her after four "nos." Dorothy then did what was a rarity back then, when she figured out that the final contestant was a chicken plucker. So, after a slow start, the ladies of the panel stole the show. - Sargebri (2004)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! Although the regular breadbox question wasn't asked, Steve did ask the mud bath attendant if the product was small enough to fit in his pocket. - Sargebri (2004)

      NO DICE: An interesting note about Ms. Horne is that there were plans, as early as 2004, to make a movie based on her life, with singer Janet Jackson portraying her. However, after the "Nipplegate" incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII, Ms. Horne refused to have Janet cast in the role due to the inappropriateness of the widely-reported half-time incident. - Sargebri (2004)

      SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: At the end of the show, John states that he has a "special announcement" to make. He announces that starting next week, Remington Electric Shavers will be the alternate weekly sponsor of "What's My Line?" along with the present sponsor Stopette. During the goodbyes, this leads Bennett to call John his "favorite little shaver." - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      FANCY SIGNATURE: Judge Madge Taggert had an interesting signature as she signed in. She first drew a long horizontal line which would cover the rest of her first name. She then made three small vertical lines to the extreme left, forming a somewhat square, but very formal looking "M." The "T" in her surname was made in a similar fashion. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      COPYCAT: Steve Allen copied a Hal Block pun when he said that Judge Taggert had a show called "What's My Fine?" - Garrison Skunk (2004)